Resident Evil Village has a multitude of ways for poor Ethan Winters to die, but some are far more gruesome than others. With how many things that are out to get him, it’s small wonder that the game features many unique ways for Ethan to be killed. Most deaths the player encounters are simply of Ethan crying out before falling to the ground. However, there are some truly gory and disturbing scenes that can befall the player before they are greeted with the classic “You Are Dead” game over screen.
In his efforts to find his daughter, Ethan Winters must confront the infected citizens of the titular village, including the heads of the four families that rule over the village who serve as the main antagonists alongside Mother Miranda. Naturally, all of these parties more or less want to see Ethan dead. While Ethan survives mortal wounds in Resident Evil Village, he is not invulnerable. From werewolves to drills, the enemies in Resident Evil Village have a wealth of variety to maim and kill the protagonist, and some of these methods of execution are far grislier than others.
Ethan’s uncanny ability to survive is strictly relegated to cutscenes and scripted sequences where players typically have a sense of safety. However, within the gameplay of Village, Ethan is not so lucky and one misstep can spell his doom. Some of these deaths are among the most horrifying of the entire series, only made more terrifying by the transition of recent Resident Evil games to a first-person perspective.
This death is arguably one of the more common ones a player can come across, especially if players are looking to survive Resident Evil Village‘s Hardcore Mode. The infected villagers of the namesake village have contracted an infection that alters them in ways reminiscent of lycanthropy. This infection alters their appearance into a werewolf-like creature while giving them feral tendencies. Upon killing Ethan, these tendencies take over and the player is greeted to a scene of a lycanthrope gutting Ethan before feasting on his spilled guts as Ethan looks on in horror before bleeding out. It’s a savage death befitting the ferocity of the werewolves.
While Moreau’s Resident Evil Village mermaid enemies were cut, one aquatic enemy remained behind to deliver a very disturbing underwater kill. Salvatore Moreau, another of the four lords that serve as antagonists in Village, undergoes a mutation when the player fights him that sees him morph into a large aquatic creature.
The player must then engage Moreau in a large swamp where Moreau can knock Ethan into the water. Should this happen, Ethan is left to float aghast underwater for a few moments before Moreau emerges from the murk to swallow Ethan whole. For those with thalassophobia, this death is probably the most terrifying.
Late into the game, players are introduced to Sturm, an airplane propeller with legs created by the enigmatic Heisenberg. Eventually, the player will fight Sturm in his Resident Evil Village boss battle that could culminate in one of the goriest deaths Ethan can face. If dealt a fatal blow by the front-facing propeller in the hallway leading to the boss fight, Ethan will be pushed to the ground as Sturm angles his blades into Ethan and slowly walks forward. The result is a very bloody mess as the blades mince poor Ethan from the feet up.
Early in the game, Ethan is captured by the four lords as they meet with Mother Miranda. Ethan is unexpectedly let go and allowed to escape as a sick game for one of the lords. Ethan is herded into a deathtrap involving a large meat grinder. Should Ethan fall victim to this meat grinder, he is churned into a meaty paste as werewolf bystanders look on. Fortunately for Ethan, this trap is relatively simple to escape but can be harrowing for first-time players as they desperately seek to avoid a terrible fate.
Eventually, Ethan will be chased around the Castle Dimitrescu by its titular patron, the fan-favorite Lady Dimitrescu herself, portrayed in Resident Evil Village by actor Maggie Robertson. During a section where Ethan is forced to confront her without his weapons, there is a special animation where Lady Dimitrescu can grab Ethan before neatly decapitating him with her claws. Watching Ethan’s body fall headless to the ground marks a memorable death, if not necessarily the goriest one.
Once the player makes their way to the Beneviento mansion, Ethan quickly falls under Donna Beneviento’s illusive spell and must confront a grotesquely large, larval baby creature in the basement of the large mansion. Donna Beneviento, one of the four lords, is a doll enthusiast and master of illusions, traits Donna uses to control Resident Evil Village dolls, but whether real or not, the creature is a very concrete threat to Ethan.
If the baby manages to get hold of him, he will be shoved, kicking and screaming, down its large mouth. This chilling scene is made all the worse as the baby utters a haunting cry for its daddy as Ethan is devoured alive. What makes this scene so disturbing is that the player has to watch as Ethan slides down its throat before the game over screen pops up, making it easily one of the most traumatic deaths in the whole of Resident Evil.
Naturally, how horrifying these deaths are a matter of individual player opinion, but that is where Village has a leg up on the rest of the series. The transition to first-person view coupled with the variety of enemy designs present in the game means that there is a surprising number of ways that Ethan can die. With the anniversary of Resident Evil coming around once again, there is hope that a new Resident Evil Village DLC could be announced as well with the potential for new deaths to be added. For those with a macabre curiosity, Resident Evil Village offers a lot for any horror game fan.